Re/integration of trafficked persons: supporting economic empowerment
The King Baudouin Foundation released of an issue paper on the economic empowerment of trafficked persons. This paper was developed in the context of the Trafficking Victims Re/integration Programme (TVRP), which funds NGO's in several countries of Southeastern Europe, in cooperation with GIZ (German Development Cooperation Agency).
This paper discusses economic empowerment efforts of trafficked persons in the Balkans, drawing on the first hand experiences of both service providers and trafficked persons in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia.
Comprehensive re/integration programmes typically include an economic empowerment component either through vocational training and job placement or through business training, planning and start up support. These programmes are complex and involve a raft of challenges, any of which can directly inform their success or failure. Moreover, this work is complex, constrained by the impacts of trafficking as well as the difficult socio-economic environments to which most trafficked persons return.